The Gosselin family infamously crumbled before our “Jon & Kate Plus 8” TV viewing eyes in 2009, when TLC’s golden couple, Jon and Kate Gosselin, famous for their set of sextuplets and twins, announced their divorce and subsequent split from the network. Despite matriarch Kate Gosselin’s run on the spin-off “Kate Plus 8,” the series was short-lived, and thus ended the family’s five-year run of living their day-to-day lives in front of an audience.
People magazine sat down with a now-single Kate Gosselin recently to find out what America’s former favorite reality show family is up to, two years after the cameras have stopped rolling. According to the 38-year-old mother of eight, life is relatively normal following their split from television. Dad, 36-year-old Jon, is back working in IT, a career he originally left to star on the program. The family of nine is living in their $1 million Pennsylvania home they acquired during the end of the series run. Despite touting news of a comfortable lifestyle, Gosselin admitted money is tight.
“[We have] been very careful these days,” said Gosselin, when referring to their former paycheck, an estimated $25,000 per episode. “We were struggling, then we were doing really well, then it all fell apart, and now we have a so-called normal life." Despite the family’s current financial battle, Gosselin, a former nurse, claims going back into the medical field isn’t a viable option for her large family. "I'd spend everything I made on the babysitter,” she said.
In recent years, Gosselin has flirted in various career fields, working as a blogger for CouponCabin, publishing her cookbook “Love Is In The Mix,” and recently her own money saving website, CouponsByKate.com. In spite of her many ventures, Gosselin said she hopes to one day return to the small screen on a show similar to ABC’s “The View.”
In contrast to Gosselin’s desire for a comeback, the couple’s daughter, 12-year-old Mady, said she is glad the family’s star power has declined, claiming that their frequent travel to exotic locations for shoots spoiled both her and her siblings. “If we kept going on trips all the time and not ever seen that there's, like, a different way to live we could have wound up being really bratty, you know?" she said.